(Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 10:36AM by Danielle Smyth)
While you’re waiting till 2020 for more hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric options from Ford itself, a firm founded by MIT alumni and senior lecturer Tod Hynes has jump-started both F-150 and F-250 options. Hynes has been teaching the graduate Energy Ventures course at MIT since 2008.
The Ford Super Duty F-250 offering a hybridized Super Duty Option made its first appearance at the 2019 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, and it should be available for corporate and government fleets by the end of 2019. The option comes from XL Fleet Electrification, and according to them, it’ll increase fuel economy by 50 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent.
XL launched an F-150 plug-in hybrid in 2018, and the Boston-based company has been selling up a storm of fleet vehicles to Coca Cola, Verizon, Yale, and the cities of Boston and Seattle.
A 15-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery powers an electric motor on the Super Duty, along with a 750-pound braking system that can deal with Level 2 charging. The best news: the modifications don’t affect the original Ford factory warranty.
XL says its vehicles have reduced CO2 emissions by 13 metric tons and saved a million gallons of fuel since 2009.